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Staff and Students Embrace Community Spirit

Written by Emma Doyle

North Lindsey College has seen an overwhelming amount of community spirit from staff and students during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

During difficult times the College has received many stories of staff and students who have been selflessly helping others and filling their time productively through a variety of activities keeping in line with government restrictions in place during lockdown.   

Just some of the positivity to come out of the lockdown have included UCNL Engineering student, Ben Peterson who has been making visors for the NHS with his friend from their own homes. Ben decided to start making these as his family members are working in nursing and he had a 3D printer he could use. These have been received by GPs and hospital wards. Staff member, Darryn Farrer (Technician/Instructor Engineering Industrial Technologies, North Lindsey College and UCNL) has also been manufacturing face shields in his own home which have been donated to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust and also to community nursing staff based at Global House. 

Julie Todd (Teaching Assistant) has crocheted over 175 rainbows to bring a little cheer to others so they can hang them up in windows and on display for all to enjoy, whilst Bethany Lockington (Health and Social Care student) has been crocheting bears that she has been selling to raising money for the NHS.  

Emma Devai (Access to HE Student) has raised over £200 and donated quality hand creams to staff at the hospital and to key workers to help protect their sore hands.  

Uniformed Services tutor, Frenchy Grisewood completed the most difficult of personal challenges, this involved a 1 mile run on the hour, every hour for 48 hours with a weighted vest and additional exercises, raising over £1000 pounds.  Plumbing Lecturer, Adnan Kassim also engaged in a personal fitness challenge, which involved him completing a 5k fun run.  

The Health and Safety team and members of staff across the College collected PPE from all curriculum areas to support those in need in our local community. In addition to this, staff members from the Kingsway Children’s Centre collected a hamper of treats and PPE which they donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.  

Mick Lochran (Principal, North Lindsey College) said, “We are so proud of how North Lindsey College, our staff and students, have been able to support our community through these challenging times.”